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What is a WaterDance session ?

WaterDance (or “Wassertanzen” in German) is a form of Hydrotherapy performed in body temperature water in which the receiver is eventually guided through various movements underwater while wearing a noseclip. The noseclip is necessary to prevent water from entering the nose and allows the practitioner to take the client on a profound underwater journey: one of graceful, fluid motion, weightlessness, time suspension, and altered realities of movement. Light is dimmed, sounds are muffled and gravity becomes a syrupy slow motion dance of submergence and emergence, waves, twists and rolls.

What is a WaterDance session like? inversions and quiet stillness offering a physical freedom beyond what can be experienced on land. Receivers often report opening to a new sense of freedom, trust, joy, ecstasy, bliss, renewed heart connection and deep meditation.

WaterDance, like Watsu begins at the surface of the water where the client is gently floated and moved through a series of stretches to warm up the body. The practitioner’s focus is to sensitively guide the receiver into a state of deep relaxation as preparation to go under the water. One of the most powerful aspects of WaterDance is an attention to the breath rarely experienced in any other modality. It becomes the giver’s meditation to empathetically tune in, support and encourage the receiver to relax into a deeper awareness of their Being, body and breath. This degree of breath connection and presence elicits a quality of rapport between giver and receiver, which many report having seldom experienced before. A profound level of trust and surrender then becomes the key to safe passage through the doorway between the two worlds above and below the water’s surface.When the practitioner feels that the client is relaxed and ready, they are offered the noseclips and the underwater journey can begin. After a full inhalation, the client’s face is then slowly turned toward the surface of the water and gently allowed to submerge. A phenomenon known as the “diving reflex” begins to take effect as the water strokes across the client’s face. This causes the heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism to slow down contributing to the ability to stay longer under water. There is always plenty of time between submergings to reoxygenate and integrate.

Gradually the practitioner can often take the client for ever longer periods underwater, moving them through a dance of movements depending on their particular body. This sense of freedom is an ideal state to release any holding patterns, whether physical, mental or emotional and open to reconnecting with the joy of one’s essential nature and what many describe as, “coming home”.

The Source is from the website of my wonderful teacher Shantam